Dick's Picks Volume 1

Dick's Picks Volume 1
Dick's Picks Volume 1
Live album by Grateful Dead
Released December, 1993
Recorded December 19, 1973
Genre Rock, psychedelic rock, jam
Length 125:03
Label Grateful Dead GDCD4018
Producer Kidd Candelario
Grateful Dead chronology
Two from the Vault
Dick's Picks Volume 1
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2][3]

Dick's Picks Volume 1 is the first live album in the Dick's Picks series of releases by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded on December 19, 1973 at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, Florida, and contains a rare "Nobody's Fault But Mine".[4]

As the first of the Dick's Picks, the album was considered by Deadheads to be a significant breakthrough. All previous live Dead albums had been based on multi-track recordings, which can be remixed extensively before being commercially released. Dick's Picks were created using stereo (two-track) concert recordings. This made possible the release of many more Dead shows that exist in the band's extensive tape vault. The series was named for Grateful Dead tape archivist Dick Latvala.


Caveat Emptor

Each volume of Dick's Picks has its own "caveat emptor" label, advising the listener of the sound quality of the recording. The label for volume 1 reads:

"The recording herein has been lovingly remastered directly from the original two-track master tape and is therefore not immune to the various glitches, splices, reel changes and other aural gremlins contained on said original. Dick's Picks differs from our From The Vault series in that we simply did not have access to complete shows (nor the modern mixing capabilities afforded by multitrack tapes). But we think the historical value and musical quality of these tapes more than compensates for any technical anomalies... In other words, what you hear is what you get. And what you get ain't bad!"

Track listing

Disc one

  1. "Here Comes Sunshine" (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) – 14:13
  2. "Big River" (Johnny Cash) – 5:23
  3. "Mississippi Half-Step" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:29
  4. "Weather Report Suite" (Eric Andersen, Bob Weir, John Perry Barlow) - 15:56
  5. "Big Railroad Blues" (Noah Lewis) – 4:06
  6. "Playing in the Band" (Weir, Mickey Hart, Hunter) – 21:11

Disc two

  1. "He's Gone" (Garcia, Hunter) – 10:48 ->
  2. "Truckin'" (Garcia, Weir, Phil Lesh, Hunter) – 9:18 ->
  3. "Nobody's Fault But Mine" (Joseph "Blind Willie" Johnson) – 5:53 ->
  4. "Jam" (Garcia, Keith Godchaux, Bill Kreutzmann, Lesh, Weir) – 8:11 ->
  5. "The Other One" (Weir, Kreutzmann) – 1:57 ->
  6. "Jam" (Garcia, Godchaux, Kreutzmann, Lesh, Weir) – 6:12 ->
  7. "Stella Blue" (Garcia, Hunter) – 8:45 ->
  8. "Around and Around" (Chuck Berry) – 5:37


Grateful Dead

In the CD liner notes, Donna Jean Godchaux is listed in the band lineup and credited as "giving birth".


  • Kidd Candelario — producer, recording
  • Dick Latvala — tape archivist
  • Bruce Polonsky — photography
  • Gekko Graphics — design
  • special thanks to Nagra 2791 and Jeff Briss


  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. Dick's Picks Volume 1 at Allmusic
  2. ^ "The Grateful Dead Album Guide", Rolling Stone
  3. ^ Kot, Greg. (May 27, 1999). "Dick's Picks", Rolling Stone
  4. ^ Dick's Picks Volume 1 at the Grateful Dead Family Discography

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